Thursday, July 21, 2011
The Mets plan to hold Jason Isringhausen at the trade deadline in order for him to serve as a mentor to Bobby Parnell, SI.com reported.
Isringhausen is sure to draw inquiries anyway before the July 31 trade deadline, especially after this week's performances. A day after notching his first save in three years Monday, Izzy fired two scoreless innings against his former employer, the St. Louis Cardinals. That appearance included consecutively striking out Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman.
Buster Olney reports ...
Within the Mets' organization, sources say, there is a growing confidence that the Madoff case is veering in favor of the Wilpons, and that if this continues, they will re-establish full control of ownership of the Mets. And there has been unhappiness with how David Einhorn, who has been negotiating to be a minority owner, has taken the spotlight without having a finished deal. If the Madoff case ends favorably for the Wilpons, it could be that Einhorn will be buried in minority ownership in the years to come.
Mets left fielder Jason Bay will not play this afternoon against the St. Louis Cardinals, manager Terry Collins said.
Bay was pulled from Wednesday night's game at Citi Field in the fourth inning after his right hamstring tightened up.
"I talked to Jason this morning," Collins said today. "He feels better. He does. But I'm gonna give him the day off. I don't think [his hamstring] is as tight as it was, but I don’t see how 12 hours later it's gonna feel that much better."
Collins expects that Bay will return over the weekend when the Mets begin a three-game series against the Florida Marlins in Miami.
Bay, 32, said after Wednesday night's game that he initially tweaked his hamstring Saturday afternoon when he tripped over the foot of the Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard while crossing first base.